The WPRA requests that the City delay implementation of the current options for suicide-deterring Vertical Barrier Enhancements to the Colorado Street Bridge, and continue to conduct an in-depth review of alternatives, including any technologies that could replace the physical barriers, or enhance a reduced height of those barriers.21_6_8-WPRA-Ltr-to-Mayor-Gordo-about-the-Colorado-St-Bridge-
The West Pasadena Residents’ Association strongly opposes SB 10as an excessive, misguided and fatally flawed attempt to pre-empt local determinations on land use. SB 10 would require cities to approve construction of up to 10-unit market-rate residential buildings on almost any parcel of land.6_20_2021-WPRA-Ltr-to-State-Housing-Committee-Opposing-SB10
SB 9 is not an equity bill. It is the exact opposite. Its emphasis on expensive market rate construction would constitute an unprecedented and destabilizing attack on 7 million California single-family households with 20 million residents—white, Black, Latino and Asian—at all income levels.6_20_2021-WPRA-Ltr-to-State-Housing-Committee-Opposing-SB9-
On May 27, 2021, the West Pasadena Residents’ Association held its virtual annual meeting and informational program. This year we took a deep dive into the current topic many people are concerned about: our state’s housing shortage and how it severely affects California’s urban centers.
Two video program versions were placed on YouTube for public viewing.
We kicked off our meeting with Dan Beal’s president’s message…
…and then we presented WPRA’s Community Service Awards to Rosa Laveaga, former Arroyo Seco Project Supervisor and to Priscilla Taylor who recently retired from our board after serving 26 years.
We elected our 2021 to 2022 Board of Directors and moved on to our discussion topic: The Housing Crisis: How do we build our way out of the housing shortage, and especially affordable housing?
We started our focus on our local planning challenges within Pasadena, expanding the conversation to the LA County area and then widening the analysis even further to state legislation. Moderating was Avram Gold, WPRA Vice President of Communications. WPRA Treasurer, Blaine Cavena handled the webinar engineering as Tech Director.
Our lineup of introductory speakers were:
Pasadena Mayor, Victor Gordo
Pasadena District 6 Councilmember, Steve Madison
LA County Supervisor, Kathryn Barger
and our State’s District 41, Assembly member Chris Holden
We then followed these four reports with a panel discussion. Our special guest panelists were:
Our District 25 State Senator, Anthony Portantino
Pasadena’s Director of Planning and Community Development, David Reyes
Executive Director of nonprofit Heritage Housing Partners, Charles Loveman. Jr.
and nonprofit Abode Communities President & CEO, Robin Hughes.
Topics discussed were: more production vs the reach for more land, the lack of current state funding and existing county subsidies, the struggle to finance affordable housing, state vs local control, gentrification, communication breakdowns in Sacramento, developer influence and lobbying, and ending with the question: Will there really be a reduced demand for cars in the future?
The WPRA supportsAssembly Bill 768 by Chris Holden “School Safety: Aquatic and Pool Safety Program: Model Policy” – would require state agencies to develop model swimming pool and waterway policy and programs for use by local educational agencies and other organizations2021_05_21-WPRA-Ltr-Support-AB-768-Holden.docx
|The WPRA supports Senate Bill 15, which would incentivize local governments to rezone idle big-box retail and commercial shopping centers for housing by providing grants based on the sales and use tax revenue that had been generated by those sites.|
WPRA letter opposing SB 10 sent to Senate Environmental Quality Committee, Housing Committee, Governance & Finance Committee, Cassidy Denny (& Weiner). SB 10 as an excessive, misguided and fatally flawed attempt to preempt local land use control.2021_3_11-Ltr-Oppose-SB-10-3-11-21
WPRA strongly opposes SB 9 which will allow up to 8 dwelling units on a lot originally zoned for a single family house2021_02_22-WPRA_Letter-Portantino-SB-9
WPRA recommends adjustments to guarantee tree maintenance, density & height reductions of residential units, widening the paseos & deign compatibilityLetter_So-Fair-Oaks-Specific-Plan-2_10_21-1
Online though Zoom – November 17, 2020
PASADENA AND DISASTERS – Just before and just after
On November 17, 2020, the West Pasadena Residents’ Association hosted its annual open meeting, a webinar featuring a presentation of special guests, our president’s message, the election of incoming officers and directors, then culminating with our informational panel discussion about disaster preparedness.
Avram Gold, WPRA vice president, opened the program with a welcome to all and the introduction of: (from left to right) Mayor Terry Tornek, Mayor-elect Victor Gordo, Councilmember Steve Madison, and our 28th District Congressman, Adam Schiff.
Mayor Tornek, Mayor-elect Gordo, Councilmember Madison and Congressman Schiff each conveyed statements and information to our attendees.
Mr. Gold conducted the on-line voting process of our next WPRA officers and board members. WPRA’s attending residents elected unanimously: Dan Beal, president – Evan Davis, Administrative Vice President – Avram Gold, Communications Vice President – Blaine Cavena, Treasurer, and Kenyon Harbison, secretary. Our continuing Board of Directors became: Geoffrey Baum, David Bise, Bill Christian, Peter Ewing, Mic Hansen, Joan Hearst, Susan Kinney, Nancy Walker and Linda Zinn.
WPRA President, Dan Beal, then delivered his annual message.
Kenyon Harbison, past WPRA president and newly elected secretary, introduced the evening’s expert panelists for the disaster preparedness program. The speakers were, from left to right: Pasadena Fire Chief, Bryan Frieders – Pasadena Public Information Officer, Lisa Derderian – Huntington Hospital Disaster Program Manager, Jennifer Waldron and Pasadena Police Lieutenant, Johnny Mercado (image unavailable).
Blaine Cavena, WPRA’s treasure, served as an excellent technical director featuring speakers in the full screen while controlling audio feeds.
After presentations followed by questions and answers, our program ended promptly at 8:00 PM.